Cinema Studies (2016 - 2018)
Tier I: Core Courses
Tier I courses are for cinema studies majors only and should be taken in the sequence indicated.
Introduction to Cinema Studies
CINE-UT 10 First semester of study. 4 points.
Designed to introduce the basic methods and concepts of cinema studies to new majors. The first goal is to help students develop a range of analytical skills in the study of film. By the end of the semester, they are fluent in the basic vocabulary of film form, understand the social questions raised by dominant modes of cinematic representation, and grasp the mechanics of structuring a written argument about a film's meaning. The second goal is to familiarize students with some of the major critical approaches in the field (for example, narrative theory, feminism, cultural studies, and genre). To this end, readings and screenings also provide a brief introduction to some critical issues associated with particular modes of film production and criticism (such as documentary, narrative, and the avant-garde).
Film History: Silent Cinema
CINE-UT 15 Second semester of study. 4 points.
Examines how the history of cinema has been studied and written by taking the period of silent film as its case study. Explores the historical and cultural contexts that governed the emergence of film as art and mass culture. Investigates the different approaches to narrative filmmaking that developed internationally in the silent period. Screenings include early cinema, works of Hollywood drama and comedy, Russian film and Soviet montage cinema, Weimar cinema, and silent black cinema.
CINE-UT 16 Third semester of study. 4 points.
Closely examines a variety of theoretical writings concerned with aesthetic, social, and psychological aspects of the medium. Students study the writing of classical theorists such as Eisenstein, Bazin, and Kracauer, as well as such contemporary thinkers as Metz, Mulvey, and Baudrillard. Questions addressed range from the nature of cinematic representation and its relationship to other forms of cultural expression to the way in which cinema shapes our conception of racial and gender identity.
Television: History and Culture
CINE-UT 21 Fourth semester of study. 4 points.
Examines the background, context, and history of radio, television, video, and sound. Topics include politics and economics of media institutions, audiences and reception, cultural and broadcast policy, and aesthetic modes and movements.
CINE-UT 7XX Prerequisite: Film Theory (CINE-UT 16). 4 points.
Small enrollments allow for in-depth study of a specific topic (varies by semester) and encourages students to produce original research.
See the Department of Cinema Studies website or department for a current list and descriptions of Tier II courses.
Tier III classes consist two-semester sequences in two vital areas of historical film scholarship: American cinema and international cinema. The fall semester covers the origins of both areas to 1960; the spring semester will evaluate the last 50 years in both areas. These classes are open to all students in cinema studies majors and minors, as well as to all students across the University. Tier III classes are intended to give all students a well-rounded education in the history of world cinema.
American Cinema: Origins to 1960
CINE-UT 50 Offered in the fall. 4 points.
American Cinema: 1960 to Present
CINE-UT 51 Offered in the spring. 4 points.
International Cinema: Origins to 1960
CINE-UT 55 Offered in the fall. 4 points.
International Cinema: 1960 to Present
CINE-UT 56 Offered in the spring. 4 points.
See the Department of Cinema Studies website or department for current descriptions of Tier III courses.
Tier IV courses are small theory and practice courses in script analysis/writing, film criticism, and forms of filmmaking. They are open only to cinema studies B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students.
CINE-UT 600 4 points.
Demystifies the professional and intellectual possibilities of film criticism in the contemporary media landscape by presenting historical contexts. Explores the expansive possibilities of criticism with relation to global film culture, the role of the Internet and technology, distinctions between academic and popular criticism, and the impact of criticism on the film industry itself. Consideration of major figures including Bazin, Ebert, Haskell, Farber, Kael, Sarris, Sontag, Tyler, and others. Major critics will visit the course to provide additional context. Students write weekly reviews, pitch essay ideas, file on deadline, and complete a final research paper.
Writing Genres: Scriptwriting
CINE-UT 145 Dancyger. 4 units.
Genre is all about understanding the different pathways available to the writer for conveying his or her vision. Genres each have differing character and dramatic arcs. Students examine different genres and use that knowledge to write two different genre treatments of their story idea. This is an intermediate- level screenwriting course.
CINE-UT 146 Dancyger. 4 points.
Plot and character development, dialogue, foreground, background, and story. Using feature films, we highlight these script elements rather than the integrated experience of the script, performance, directing, and editing elements of the film. Assignments include two script analyses.
Independent Study and Internship
Students may take a maximum of 8 points of CINE-UT independent study and/or internship.
CINE-UT 900 through CINE-UT 905 Prerequisite: written permission of a faculty adviser. 1 to 4 points per term.
CINE-UT 950, 952 Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and 3.0 GPA. Must submit a learning contract in order to register. Graded pass/fail. 1 to 4 points per term, depending on time commitment.
Graduate Courses Open to Undergraduates
Certain 1000-level graduate courses in cinema studies are open to qualified and advanced cinema studies majors with permission. An undergraduate must have completed the first four core requirements (in Tier I) to be considered an advanced student.